Jared Taylor/American Renaissance
Posted: January 11, 2011
The stated purpose of the journal, from the outset, was to create "a literate, undeceived journal of race, immigration and the decline of civility." It held that "for a nation to be a nation - and not just a crowd - it must consist of people that share the same culture, language, history and aspirations." Under Taylor's stewardship, American Renaissance has largely avoided the use of crude racial stereotypes. Instead, its authors rely on using pseudoscientific, sociological and philosophical arguments to demonstrate the purported superiority of the white race and the threat nonwhite minorities pose to American society.
The magazine remained largely unknown outside extremist circles until late 1992 when Carroll & Graf, a small mainstream publisher, released Taylor's book, Paved With
Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America. A variety of publications reviewed the book and some mainstream conservatives praised it. The Wall Street Journal called the book "easily the most comprehensive indictment of the race-conscious civil rights policies of the last three decades," but also criticized Taylor's dismissal of the impact of racism on the black community, saying that he "does little to improve understanding or breach the [racial] gap." Peter Brimelow, who has since created the racist Website VDare, was less equivocal in the National Review, declaring the book "the most important to be published on the subject for many years." Commentary concluded that Paved With Good Intentions "accurately reflects the indignation shared by many who believe that the way America is dealing with its racial difficulties is unfair and self-defeating."
The relative success of the book helped to raise interest in both American Renaissance and its message, and Taylor did his best to capitalize on his newfound notoriety. He convened the first of what became biennial conferences conducted under the banner of the New Century Foundation (and later, American Renaissance) in May 1994. These gatherings soon became the centerpiece of his efforts, featuring well-known intellectual racists speaking in ostensibly academic seminars, lectures and panel discussions.